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Posted on: November 21, 2019

Update on Sonesta Extended Stay Suites Homicide Investigation

On October 20th, 2019, at approximately 1:46 AM, Shelby County 911 received a call about a noise complaint at the Sonesta Extended Stay Suites at 3 Greenhill Parkway, in the Highway 280 corridor of Northern Shelby County. Deputies responded to the area to investigate and located 17-year-old Stanley M. Turner II, deceased in the parking lot in his vehicle from an apparent gunshot wound. Investigators from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and began their investigation into the death. Sheriff’s Office Investigators with the assistance of other agencies have spent countless hours working this case with the goal of holding the individuals involved accountable for this unnecessary death. Through their diligent investigation the death has been determined to be a homicide during the commission of a robbery.

The investigation led to the arrests of the following individuals:

Jakobi C. Witherspoon, 18 years of age from Pleasant Grove, has been charged with Murder and Robbery 1st Degree, and is being held at the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $500,000.

Aja Kylandrea Brenee Whitt, 17 years of age from Pleasant Grove, has been charged with Murder and Robbery 1st Degree as an adult, and is being held at the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $500,000.

Jamaal Antowain Phillips, 17 years of age from Pleasant Grove, has been charged with Murder and Robbery 1st Degree as an adult. He was arrested and subsequently released from the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $500,000.

A male juvenile has been charged with Murder and Robbery 1st Degree, and is being held in the Shelby County Youth Detention Center.

This investigation has been a collaborative effort by multiple law enforcement agencies. In addition to the hard work of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in the case: The Shelby County Coroner’s Office, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, the Pleasant Grove Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and School Resource Officers, Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, the Jefferson County Metro Area Crime Center, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, and the Department of Homeland Security. Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “We are always saddened by the loss of life as a result of a violent crime, but even more so when that crime involves a teenager. Our hearts are with the friends and family of Stanley Turner II, and we hope these arrests give some comfort to the family.”

This is still an ongoing homicide investigation, and more charges may be filed. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with more information about the circumstances leading to Stanley M. Turner II’s death to call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 205-669-4181, or CrimeStoppers at (205) 254-7777. You can also submit a tip at www.crimestoppersmetroal.com. Your identity will remain anonymous and a reward is possible for information leading to additional arrests and convictions in this case.

For more information on the crimes of Murder and Robbery, you can view the Alabama Criminal Code at http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm. Select Title 13A and Chapter 6 for the charge of Murder and Chapter 7 for the Charge of Robbery 1st Degree. To view an inmate’s listing, go to our website, www.shelbyso.com, and select the Jail tab, or select the Inmate Listing tab near the bottom of the page.

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